morris


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Morris \Mor"ris\, n. [So called from its discoverer.] (Zool.)
   A marine fish having a very slender, flat, transparent body.
   It is now generally believed to be the young of the conger
   eel or some allied fish.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Morris \Mor"ris\, n. [Sp. morisco Moorish, fr. Moro a Moor: cf.
   F. moresque, It. moresca.]
   1. A Moorish dance, usually performed by a single dancer, who
      accompanies the dance with castanets.
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   2. A dance formerly common in England, often performed in
      pagenats, processions, and May games. The dancers,
      grotesquely dressed and ornamented, took the parts of
      Robin Hood, Maidmarian, and other fictitious characters.
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   3. An old game played with counters, or men, which are placed
      at the angles of a figure drawn on a board or on the
      ground; also, the board or ground on which the game is
      played.
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            The nine-men's morris is filled up with mud. --Shak.
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   Note: The figure consists of three concentric squares, with
         lines from the angles of the outer one to those of the
         inner, and from the middle of each side of the outer
         square to that of the inner. The game is played by two
         persons with nine or twelve pieces each (hence called
         nine-men's morris or twelve-men's morris). The pieces
         are placed alternately, and each player endeavors to
         prevent his opponent from making a straight row of
         three. Should either succeed in making a row, he may
         take up one of his opponent's pieces, and he who takes
         off all of his opponent's pieces wins the game.
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